Friday, November 5, 2010
1) Michele Bachman, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, and, yes, a whole host of others, have recently hit the airwaves with this little ditty. They're claiming that President Obama's upcoming trip to Asia will ultimately cost the American tax-payers 200 million dollars PER DAY....Seriously, folks, this is what they're saying (now, please, keep in mind here, President Obama's 30,000 soldier troop surge in Afghanistan is "only" costing the tax-payers 82 billion a day - the "Christin Science Monitor"). Hm, it kinda sounds like bullshit, doesn't it?............2) Add me to the list of people who's really starting to like Meghan McCain. I mean, sure, she does sound a little like a "Valley Girl" and all but, damn it, I really am starting to like that spunkiness (I, of course, especially liked it when she took on Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham SIMULTANEOUSLY!)....While this is probably not a fair and/or apt analogy (this, in that the woman is still quite young and inexperienced), the way that this McCain has taken on the right-wing of today's Republican party/movement, to me anyway, seems at least somewhat reminiscent of the way that Margaret Chase Smith took on Joe McCarthy in the 50s/Lowell Weicker took on the Nixon administration during Watergate. One, me-buckos, can only hope that this is a portent of more good things to come.............3) Fox's election coverage was obviously biased. Yes, they did have more than the one (nominally) liberal commentator, Ed Schoen (so, yeah, you're right, Mr. O'Reilly, Dana Milbank in fact DID lie about that) but, still, it wasn't nearly enough. a) They continued to have far more conservative commentators. b) The liberals/Democrats that they did have on were either pseudo-liberals (Schoen and Pat Caddell) and/or ineffectual (Alan Colmes, Kirsten Powers). c) The narrative was continuously one of always having the Dems on the defensive....But, yes, I'm telling you here, as bad as it was over at Fox, it wasn't anywhere near as bad as that absolute stench that their competition, MSNBC, had. That network, folks, featured 6 of their most virulently partisan ramrods (Olbermann, Schultz, Maddow, Matthews, Lawrence O'Donnell, and Eugene Robinson), not only doing the commentary but the moderation part as well....Worse than even that, though, they had ZERO conservatives on - no fairness/balance whatsoever. Bottom line, it had to be one of the all-time worst displays of propaganda journalism ever. Whoever the person in charge of that network is should be deeply ashamed.